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NEW YORK — Nearly two months later, Chris Wallace can't bring himself to watch a rerun of the disastrous first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. “I'm not sure I ever will,” said Wallace, the “Fox News Sunday” host who moderated the slugfest. George Washington University brought leaders of the Commission on Presidential Debates and moderators of all three encounters together for a remote debrief Monday night. Two takeaways: increased early voting means the commission is considering earlier debates, and the mute button may be here to stay. It was a boisterous, uncomfortable fall for the debate commission, which dropped the second of three planned presidential sessions when Trump refused to agree to a remote debate following his COVID diagnosis. Trump and supporters also attacked the bipartisan commission as being biased toward Biden. “No one likes to be on the receiving end of attacks in reference to us being swamp monsters,” said Kenneth Wollack, one of the commission's co-chairs. He said there's “not an ounce of partisanship” that goes into the commission's decisions. One decision, the subject of much internal debate, was to mute the microphones of Trump and Biden when their opponent was giving a two-minute answer at the introduction of a new subject matter. The commission said it wasn't a new rule, but a means to enforce rules that had already been agreed upon. Trump's repeated interruptions during the Sept. 29 debate, an apparent strategy to knock Biden off stride, forced the change. NBC's Kristen Welker, the moderator who benefited from the mute button, said she was “pleasantly pleased” with how it worked; the commission will formally evaluate its future next spring, said Frank Fahrenkopf, another co-chair. If he has any regrets, Wallace said he wished he would have acted sooner to suggest a “time out” so the candidates might be convinced to better behave themselves. “I realized after 15 minutes that I had a problem and the country had a problem,” he said. But Wallace said it was a “very bad strategy” on the president's part because it quickly became clear that Trump was hurting himself more than Biden. Fahrenkopf said he believed Trump's performance that night was a key factor in his election loss. “For better or worse, I think the first debate was a deeply clarifying moment,” Wallace said. USA Today's Susan Page, who moderated the debate between Vice-President Mike Pence and Democrat Kamala Harris, was bedeviled by the candidates' long-windedness and elusiveness, preventing her from following up questions unanswered. If she had a do-over, she said she would have been more aggressive in cutting Pence off. The moderators shared preparation strategies. Welker, who drew praise for her handling of the final debate, left her beat at NBC News to concentrate on getting ready. She said she called people across the country, like undecided voters and teachers working remotely due to COVID. “It gave me a sense and sensibility of what voters cared about,” she said. “I really wanted it to not be a Washington debate.” Fahrenkopf said it's getting more difficult to choose moderators because the commission wants to make sure there's nothing in their work to make them appear to favour one candidate over the other. With more voters retreating to media outlets that reflect their points of view, debates offer an increasingly rare chance to see different viewpoints side-by-side. If he had one piece of advice to viewers, Fahrenkopf said it would be to turn off their televisions after the debate's conclusion and not listen to TV analysts telling them what they just saw. “I think that's very bad advice,” replied Wallace, who fills that role when he's not moderating. David Bauder, The Associated Press
Le Centre de dépannage des Nord-Côtiers, organisme desservant le secteur ouest de la Haute-Côte-Nord, ne peut organiser son traditionnel souper- spaghetti cette année pour amasser des fonds pour la campagne de financement des paniers de Noël. Il doit alors se tourner vers d’autres moyens de financement, dont une campagne de dons virtuelle. « Nous invitons la population à convertir le montant traditionnellement destiné à l’achat d’un ou plusieurs billets pour le souper-spaghetti en don de charité via la plateforme Facebook créée pour l’occasion », explique Nathalie Beaudoin, directrice générale. Un objectif de 5 000 $ a été fixé pour cette campagne en ligne, alors que le souper-bénéfice amassait 12 000 $. « Le manque à gagner devrait être comblé par les dons d’organismes comme les Lions et Desjardins », dévoile la directrice. Au moment d'écrire ces lignes, une somme de 1 790 $ avait été récoltée sur la plateforme web. De plus, la journée du 5 décembre, de 11 h à 14 h, sera consacrée à ramasser des denrées et dons en argent dans les rues des villages du secteur ouest. « Nos bénévoles seront sur place et les automobilistes n’auront qu’à tendre la main pour donner soit des denrées non périssables ou de l’argent », confirme Mme Beaudoin, qui est toujours à la recherche de bénévoles pour cette journée cruciale. Pour obtenir un panier de Noël, les familles doivent obligatoirement en faire la demande. Le formulaire d’inscription est disponible à la friperie, par courriel et messenger. Une preuve de revenus, une preuve de résidence et au besoin, une lettre explicative doivent être jointes au formulaire. Selon Nathalie Beaudoin, la demande devrait être plus forte qu’à l’habitude avec la précarité qu’a engendrée la pandémie de la COVID-19. « Nous espérons pouvoir faire 50 paniers comme l’an dernier, selon les dons que nous aurons reçus », conclut-elle.Johannie Gaudreault, Initiative de journalisme local, Journal Haute-Côte-Nord
SANTÉ. La ministre responsable de l'Administration gouvernementale et présidente du Conseil du trésor, Sonia LeBel, et le ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux, Christian Dubé, se réjouissent de la conclusion d'une entente de principe sectorielle avec la Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec. «Je souhaite remercier les équipes de négociation des deux parties, car elles en sont arrivées à une entente qui répondra aux enjeux de surcharge de travail des professionnelles et professionnels en soins de la Fédération dans l'ensemble de nos établissements», souligne Sonia LeBel, ministre responsable de l'Administration gouvernementale et présidente du Conseil du trésor. «Nous sommes convaincus que cette entente sectorielle viendra stabiliser les équipes dans toutes les régions du Québec, tout en assurant la pérennité du réseau de la santé et des services sociaux», exprime de son côté Christian Dubé, ministre de la Santé et des Services sociaux. Notons que le contenu de l'entente demeure confidentiel jusqu'à ce que celle-ci ait été entérinée par les membres de la Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec. Les textes définitifs seront rédigés, au cours des prochains jours, puis soumis par le syndicat à ses membres pour approbation. Stéphane Lévesque, Initiative de journalisme local, L'Hebdo Journal
The year was 1974. North Americans were huddled around their television sets on a warm summer night bidding farewell to a disgraced Richard Nixon while crooks of another kind were on the move in downtown Sudbury. Two rival schools, Sheridan Tech and Sudbury High, had just been amalgamated to become what is now known as Sudbury Secondary School. Perchance, two original A.Y. Jackson paintings called Spring on the Onaping River (1955) and A Windy Day, Lake Superior (1959) were united in the school’s main office. In the dead of night, the paintings mysteriously disappeared, never to be seen again – and more than four decades later, a local playwright is bringing the story to light. The Case of the Missing A.Y. Jackson, written and directed by Judi Straughan, is a radio play staged for broadcast that explores a true local crime that occurred on Aug. 9, 1974. The crime is considered an open case to this day and is still under investigation by the Greater Sudbury Police. Viewers will be able to stream a performance of the play online from Dec. 4 to 7, where they will get the chance to immerse themselves in Sudbury’s history and become amateur detectives as they try to piece together what happened. For more, go to email@example.com. “With the hundredth anniversary of the first exhibit of the Group of Seven, this is the year to get inquiring minds across the nation to come and search for the missing Jacksons,” said playwright and director Judi Straughan. “Because this play is streaming online, anybody anywhere will have the chance to watch it. Wouldn’t it be interesting if, after 47 years, someone came forward? Someone out there must know something. Maybe they are ready to talk after all these years.” Straughan’s retelling of the events that occurred in 1974 is not fictional. Both of the stolen paintings had been purchased from A.Y. Jackson, a member of the famous Group of Seven, in the 1950s. Spring on the Onaping River (1955) belonged to Sheridan Technical School. In fact, it had been created after Sheridan art teacher Jack Smith invited Jackson to paint with his students, resulting in several Jackson sketches of Onaping Falls. A Windy Day, Lake Superior (1959) was purchased by the students at Sudbury High School to commemorate a beloved teacher who had been murdered during a school lunch hour. The reason the paintings were united was because the schools had been amalgamated. They were in the main office to be cleaned and it was intended that they would be hung at Sudbury Secondary School together. Before that could happen – and before the school even opened its doors – the paintings were stolen. Police have not yet been able to uncover who did it. In The Case of the Missing A.Y. Jackson, Straughan brought together 15 Sudbury actors to play real Sudburians from 1974 and dramatize the events leading up to and following the theft. “It’s a mystery that sounds like it was ripped from the pages of a True Detective magazine. Surprisingly, there’s even a murder on the periphery of the story,” she said. “The two-act play presents the facts in Act 1 and the whodunit theories in Act 2. It even provides a fictional solution to the crime. As a bonus, former Sudbury High and Tech students will get to hear their school songs performed once more.” Full of what Straughan calls “Sudbury chuckles” and real-life intrigue, The Case of the Missing A.Y. Jackson will entertain, raise money for a local radio station, and maybe inspire someone to come forward with a piece of information that could help solve the case. Crime Stoppers, a not-for-profit charitable organization that helps law enforcement agencies solve crime, has actually come on board to encourage viewers to come forward with tips. The play was supposed to be performed on stage in the spring, but was delayed due to COVID-19. On Nov. 8, the Sudbury Theatre Centre allowed ticketholders into the theatre to watch the play while it was filmed in advance of the virtual show. “Len Yauk, who was the principal of the school at the time and who is actually a character in the play, drove to Sudbury from Parry Sound to see the performance on Nov. 8,” said Straughan. “He told me that he had received a phone call about three years ago from the RCMP asking questions about the case. He said that every once in a while, something comes up, and he’s glad that people are still paying attention.” Tickets for the online performance are now on sale on CKLU radio’s website at www.cklu.ca. All proceeds will go towards CKLU 96.7, a local not-for-profit radio station that operates on campus of the McEwan School of Architecture. If you have information about the theft of these paintings or any other crime, you can provide an anonymous tip by calling Crime Stoppers at 705-222-8477 (TIPS) or 1-800-222-8477 or by going online at www.sudburycrimestoppers.com. Tips that result in the successful resolution of a criminal offence may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000. All tips are completely anonymous, and you will not be asked to testify in court. The Local Journalism Initiative is made possible through funding from the federal government. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @SudburyStar Colleen Romaniuk, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Sudbury Star
Young people from around the world, frustrated at yet another delay at the primary forum for global climate action, are creating their own legal document and asking world leaders to adopt it. “Our goal is for the world leaders to see what we’re doing, to see that we do not want them to delay climate action any longer, like they did with COP26. It’s just not acceptable anymore,” said Malaika Collette, a Grade 12 student near Peterborough, Ont., and one of the 18 student staffers putting on the Mock COP26. The 26th version of the UN climate change conference (COP, for Conference of the Parties, to the UNCCC) was due to take place in Glasgow this month, with 2020 also designated a “year of climate action” by the world body. But COVID-19 dashed those plans, and by May, the UN had decided that COP26 now won’t take place until November next year. Frustrated by the cancellation, Collette said the idea to put on their own version sprung from the U.K. educational charity Students Organizing for Sustainability’s Teach the Future program and grew from there. The two-week summit, which kicked off earlier this week, brings together more than 350 delegates from 150 countries, with a focus on amplifying the voices of the global south. “Climate change doesn’t get postponed, therefore, finding solutions shouldn’t be, either,” said Ottawa’s Sophie Price, a climate striking activist who also this year founded the Divest Canada Coalition. “Millions have died from COVID-19, but even more will die from climate change,” she said. Three delegates will attend on behalf of Canada and other countries in Europe and North America, while up to five are taking part from countries that are typically underrepresented in global fora. With a greater weighting of delegates from the global south, “they will have a more prominent voice, because we know their voices are often not prioritized,” Collette said. Some 800 young people applied to take part, with particularly strong interest from India, Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and the Philippines, organizers said. Those taking part have been huddled in groups for a week or so now, Collette said, to work on high-level statements on behalf of their country’s youth, and will split into six time-zone groups this week. Those groups will debate policy initiatives and engage with a slate of mostly young speakers on climate education and justice, resilient livelihoods, health and well-being and the NDCs — Nationally Determined Contributions, a.k.a. each country’s climate commitment. “I am pretty sure that some of those countries will be including a just recovery, a green recovery, in these statements, because that’s certainly important right now,” she said. Everything is being livestreamed and also made available for later viewing on YouTube, except caucuses, where delegates meet and vote. The end result, a final statement outlining young people’s demands of world leaders, will be handed to the U.K.’s top sherpa for the 2021 talks at a closing ceremony on Dec. 1.Alastair Sharp, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro called the display outside his constituency office "offensive".
NEW YORK — A concert film featuring Taylor Swift performing songs from her new album is coming to Disney+.The singer announced Tuesday that “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” will premiere on the streaming platform on Wednesday.The concert film will include guest appearances from Jack Antonoff, Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver — acts who all appear on Swift's “folklore" album. In the film, Swift will reveal stories and secrets behind the 17 songs on the album, which topped the Billboard 200 albums chart this year.Swift filmed “folklore: the long pond studio sessions” in upstate New York in September. The singer also directed the concert film.Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press
A decade long dream of a year-round mental health and addictions recovery center serving multiple First Nations in northern B.C. could soon be fulfilled. Carrier Sekani Family Services (CSFS) is seeking approval of a community care facility at the recently purchased Tachick Lake Resort located within the traditional territory of the Saik’uz First Nation southwest of Vanderhoof. “COVID-19 has brought challenges in itself, but there have been many social issues in terms of substance and alcohol use affecting community members’ wellbeing,” Saik’uz First Nation councilor Jasmine Thomas said. Due to a lack of local health and wellness services, members often have to leave their homes for Vancouver Island or the Lower Mainland. “That doesn’t help support our healing journey,” Thomas added. Echoing those similar concerns is Saik’uz elder Marilyn Vickers. At a Nov. 9 Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako public hearing, Vickers confirmed the community had recently lost several members due to the proliferation of illicit drugs amid the pandemic, helping fuel it. “A year-round facility in Saik’uz traditional territory would be a huge gift to our people,” she said, where elders could teach the Carrier language, culture, customs and traditions to individuals hoping to heal and have a healthy, stable life. CSFS director of health and wellness Marilyn Janzen said it has been a vision for the past 12 years to have such a facility. An addiction recovery program at the Nadleh Whut’en fishing camp on the shores of Ormond Lake is only operational during the spring and summer months. Over the last 27 years, the program has used “on the land” cultural philosophy combining cultural practice with modern-day counseling in the natural setting to support wellness and recovery from addiction. “The proposed facility would allow for a six-week treatment program resulting in little traffic most days,” Janzen said. A rezoning bylaw to allow a community care facility to operate on the property passed third reading by the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako on Nov. 19. Because the subject property is in the agricultural land reserve, the zoning bylaw must be amended to add “community care facility” as a permitted use. CSFS also needs the approval of the Agricultural Land Commission (ALC), to which the regional district agreed it would then consider adopting the rezoning bylaw. If the rezoning amendment and ALC approval are successful, CSFS will engage Unison Architecture in Vancouver to design and construct the 25,000 square foot facility. CSFS will likely retain the existing lodge for staff quarters. Consisting of a lodge, nine cabins and 33 campsites, the Tachick Lake Resort was initially constructed in 1969.Rebecca Dyok, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Williams Lake Tribune
WATERLOO REGION — The Region of Waterloo is moving its anti-racism initiative forward with the creation of an 11-member advisory group. The Anti-Racism Advisory Working Group was chosen from an applicant pool of 70 by a selection committee who took “time and care to recruit members with the perspective, experience and skills needed for this important work,” Bruce Lauckner, Region of Waterloo’s chief administrative officer wrote in a media release. Regional Chair Karen Redman said she was blown away by members’ willingness to commit to a two-year term. Expressing a commitment to ensure anti-racism work is community-led, Redman said that the group will determine how it develops recommendations through an anti-racism plan to be presented to council. “I can’t tell you if they’re going to have one chair, co-chairs, or if they’re going to do things by consensus,” Redman said. “Those are all the things that the working group will decide on their own.” Ciann Wilson, associate professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and one of the working group members, said her litmus test will be to see whether the group’s recommendations lead to action from council. “For me, time will tell how serious they are about listening to these voices that have made room for themselves at the table.” Amy Smoke, manager of Shatitsirótha’ Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre at the University of Waterloo, said a barrage of racism endured while advocating for Indigenous rights at Land Back camp in Kitchener’s Victoria Park compelled her to put her name forward for the working group. “Being at camp certainly shed a whole new light on the amount of work that needs to be done in the region as a whole,” Smoke said. Theresa Mendler, the region’s chief of staff, wrote in an email that Redman pushed for the group to convene quickly in order to play a role in the region’s upcoming 2021 budget talks. Colleen James, who moderated the Region of Waterloo’s anti-racism town hall meetings in July, said council needs to address systemic racism internally as well as in the community. “I can’t speak for anybody in terms of what happens,” James said of the new working group, “but clearly, there’s some action that needs to happen.” The K-W Solidarity march in June through downtown Kitchener called for police funding to be reallocated to under-resourced communities, citing over-policing and police violence against Black, Indigenous and people of colour communities. Data reveals Waterloo regional police are four times more likely to document Black people and six times more likely to use or threaten force against Black people. James said that although reallocation of police funding is complicated, evidence from other cities and municipalities, such as Calgary, which is moving $20 million from policing to crisis services, shows a path forward. Anti-Racism Advisers Members of the Region Waterloo’s Anti-Racism Advisory Working Group announced Friday: Kathy Hogarth, Victoria Oywak, Tammy Webster, Amy Smoke, Ciann Wilson, Fauzia Mazhar, Donna Dubie, Geraldine L. Stafford, Cheyanne Thorpe, Krishna Karur Badrinarayan, Maedith RadleinFitsum Areguy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Waterloo Region Record
Nova Scotia reported 37 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday — the fifth highest single-day increase in cases since the start of the pandemic — as officials announced new restrictions to stem the spread of the coronavirus.The province hasn't reported this many new cases since April 23 when 55 new cases were announced. That remains the most cases announced in Nova Scotia in a single day.Premier Stephen McNeil and Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Robert Strang told a news conference Tuesday that 35 of the new cases are in the central health zone. One case is on the edge of the northern health zone and is related to an exposure in the central zone. The province also confirmed a case of COVID-19 at Northeast Kings Education Centre in Canning, Kings County, in the western health zone. The school will be closed for cleaning for three days."Thirty-seven cases in one day — if that isn't enough of a concern, I don't know what is," said McNeil. "If you haven't woken up to the second wave, this is your wake-up call."The Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 1,561 tests on Monday.McNeil announced that as of 12:01 a.m. Thursday, all restaurants and bars in the Halifax region must close to in-person dining, except for takeout and delivery orders, for the next two weeks. All fitness and recreational facilities, libraries, museums and casinos in the region must close for the next two weeks, as well.Prior to the announcement, the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia had called on the province to shut down establishments for the next two weeks.Strang said the province is expanding the area where these restrictions are being put in place. They now apply in HRM from Hubbards to, and including, Porters Lake as well as the communities up to Elmsdale and Mount Uniacke in Hants County.A list of what's open and closed in the Halifax region can be found here.In a statement Tuesday, a Saint Mary's University spokesperson said "a SMU community member" has tested positive for COVID-19."Public Health is conducting contact tracing. Anyone asked to self-isolate by Public Health is doing so," the statement said. "Others have been asked to monitor for symptoms due to low-risk interaction."It said anyone who has not been contacted is not being asked to do anything, other than continue to follow Public Health protocols.Due to privacy concerns, the school is not releasing any more information about the individual. Other measuresWhile the gathering limit in the Halifax region will remain at five, McNeil said there will be stronger enforcement for illegal gatherings "including a $1,000 fine for every person who walks through the door." As well, masks will now be mandatory in common areas of multi-unit residential buildings, like apartment buildings and condos.Heading into the holiday season, retailers will have to limit their store capacity to 25 per cent of their legal capacity, based on their building code."We're doing this because we know that the crowded shopping spaces are one of the areas that are a significant concern," said Strang.He discouraged non-essential travel in and out of the Halifax area.Outside of the Halifax region, the gathering limit is still 10. Visitors, aside from volunteers and designated caregivers, will no longer be allowed to visit long-term care facilities, adult residential centres and regional rehabilitation centres licensed by the Department of Community Services.Staff, volunteers and designated caregivers at long-term facilities in the Halifax area will undergo voluntary, biweekly testing. It will be phased in starting Nov. 27.Sports teams outside Halifax are restricted to local or regional play only and there will be no extracurricular activities between schools.Bubble burstThe conference comes a day after P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador announced they are leaving the Atlantic bubble as COVID-19 case numbers begin to climb in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick.McNeil and New Brunswick Premier Blaine Higgs said Monday that travellers from Atlantic Canada can still enter Nova Scotia and New Brunswick without quarantining, though both provinces are discouraging non-essential travel.As of Tuesday, Nova Scotia had a total of 87 known active cases. Public Health officials have confirmed there is community spread in the province.Late Tuesday night, the Nova Scotia Health Authority issued 21 more potential exposure notifications. The active exposure sites in the greater Halifax area are listed here.Many of the recent exposures are at Halifax bars and restaurants. The province is asking employees of Halifax bars and restaurants, as well as anyone who visited one of those establishments past 10 p.m. in the last two weeks to get a COVID-19 test, even if they are asymptomatic.Rapid-testing event heldThe number of new cases being announced has increased steadily in recent weeks. Three new cases were announced in September, while October saw 21 new cases. So far in November, 118 new cases have been announced. Strang said more than 70 per cent of November's cases have been among adults aged 18 to 35. "We know in this population there's a lot of social activity," he said. Strang said asking everyone who visited bars or restaurants in the last two weeks to get tested, as well as having pop-up rapid-testing events, can help identify some of the asymptomatic people in that demographic. A rapid-testing pilot that began in The Dome nightclub on Saturday in downtown Halifax will continue this week. The pop-up sites will move to new locations each day, the province said.Tuesday afternoon, dozens lined up in the cold for the second rapid-testing event outside a building on Dalhousie University's campus.Results from rapid tests can take as little as 15 minutes, but are less accurate than results from the tests that need to be processed in a lab.Anyone who gets a positive result from the rapid test will get a standard test, and be sent home immediately to self-isolate while they wait for those results.More cases to comeStrang said he expects more cases to be announced in the coming days and weeks."Everything right now we're seeing today will have an impact, but because of the incubation period of the virus, we're going to see these high numbers continue for the next week to 10 days. Everything we're seeing today ... are a result of things happening a week to two weeks ago," he said. "So as we start to see the impact of our tough measures, it will take at least a week, if not 10 days, to really start to see the impact."He said the province may see more cases in hospitals and long-term care facilities, but he said they are prepared."I don't want to scare people, but I want people to have a realistic picture of what we're facing," said Strang."We all need to work together to get ourselves out of this, and we all need to start today. Now."COVID cases in the Atlantic provincesThe latest numbers from the Atlantic provinces are:SymptomsAnyone with one of the following symptoms should visit the COVID-19 self-assessment website or call 811: * Fever. * Cough or worsening of a previous cough.Anyone with two or more of the following symptoms is also asked to visit the website or call 811: * Sore throat. * Headache. * Shortness of breath. * Runny nose.MORE TOP STORIES
Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil regulator says it expects the “best available science” will be followed when determining the environmental impact of drilling in a fragile Atlantic marine refuge. The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) made the comments in response to questions about its decision to accept a bid from BP Canada to explore part of a marine refuge called the Northeast Newfoundland Slope for drilling. WWF-Canada has criticized the move, saying it puts biodiversity in the area at risk, given that the marine refuge contains corals and sponges that other marine life use as spawning grounds and that are easily damaged. The group has called for oil and gas exploration and drilling in marine refuges to be banned. The regulator said in a statement that it was operating under federal government policy. The federal Liberal government has allowed marine refuges to remain open to exploratory drilling, on a case-by-case basis, while declaring in 2019 that another, separate conservation category called “marine protected areas” would be off-limits to fossil fuel activity. For refuges, oil and gas exploration “can continue,” confirmed a spokesperson for the C-NLOPB, provided that the fisheries minister “is satisfied that risks to conservation objectives of those areas will be effectively avoided or mitigated.” Any proposed oil and gas activity in the refuge would still be scrutinized through the government’s various environmental review processes, the regulator argued, as well as under the Fisheries Act. “It is expected these review processes will provide effective means to thoroughly assess, avoid and mitigate any impacts based on the best available science,” the regulator said. Exploratory drilling is done when an energy company needs more data to determine the worthiness of setting up a more permanent drilling operation. It often involves examining rock samples in the area. BP Canada has said it is too early to discuss plans for its slice of the marine refuge. But if it does move forward, it won’t have to go through a separate environmental assessment to carry out exploratory drilling. That’s because Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson created a new regulation earlier this year that exempts exploratory drilling in the Atlantic east of Newfoundland from federal impact assessments. The controversial exemption was made based on the fact that a large, “regional assessment” of exploratory drilling had already been done. Environmental law charity Ecojustice, on behalf of WWF-Canada, Ecology Action Centre and the Sierra Club Canada Foundation, has said that assessment was “flawed” and launched a legal challenge. The exemption only applies to exploratory drilling — permanent offshore oil and gas projects “will continue to be subject to project-specific assessments,” the government said. It also said any exploratory drilling must “conform to the rigorous environmental and consultation conditions” outlined in the minister's new regulations. That includes conducting an investigation of the seabed to see if there are any corals or sponges or “any other environmentally sensitive features” around each of the proposed sites for underwater oil wells. If corals and sponges are there, the company must take measures to avoid them; things such as “moving the anchors or wells on the seafloor” or “redirecting the discharge of drill cuttings.” Since the drilling area is in a refuge, the regulations say the company must also hand over another plan to the department and the regulator that outlines the effects of drilling on conservation objectives. That plan should also include any planned mitigation measures, how those measures will be monitored to make sure they're working and a strategy to keep everyone in the loop as new information comes in. “Exploratory drilling programs are short-term projects and the environmental effects of these programs are well understood,” the C-NLOPB said. Ecology Action Centre senior marine co-ordinator Jordy Thomson said the rules surrounding drilling in a marine refuge also serve to highlight a quirk in the Liberal government’s conservation plans. The government has made conservation a priority, protecting 13.81 per cent of Canada’s marine and coastal areas and promising to boost this to 25 per cent by 2025. That protected territory includes both marine protected areas, where oil and gas is off-limits, as well as marine refuges, where it is allowed. Even if drilling permits are handed out to energy firms, the marine refuges are still counted toward the conservation target, up until the point at which “oil and gas extraction begins.” “Under this approach, marine refuges become these ever-receding jigsaw puzzles with questionable conservation value,” Thomson said. “The federal government and the C-NLOPB need to put a halt to oil and gas development in all protected marine areas.” Carl Meyer / Local Journalism Initiative / Canada’s National ObserverCarl Meyer, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, National Observer
TORONTO — Anxiety-ridden and overworked health-care workers say they feel abandoned in their increasingly desperate struggle to cope with COVID-19, a new small-scale study suggests. Interviews with nurses, personal support workers and others in hospitals and long-term care homes suggest chronic stress and burnout are common, but fear of reprisals is stopping them from speaking out. "The knowledge that they are at increased risk of infection due to lack of protection has resulted in anger, frustration, fear, and a sense of violation that may have long-lasting implications," the paper states. The study, in New Solutions: A Journal of Environmental and Occupational Health Policy, was done by James Brophy and Margaret Keith, academic researchers affiliated with the University of Windsor and noted occupational hygienists. Health-care workers in Canada have contracted the novel coronavirus in far higher numbers relative to the general public, comprising almost one-in-five confirmed cases, according to a previous study. To date, COVID-19 has sickened close to 9,000 front-line health-care workers and killed 16. Only 10 workers — nurses, personal support workers and other staff — agreed to be interviewed for the qualitative study. Others refused to take part for fear of being disciplined or fired, they said. Despite the handful of interview subjects, the authors said their peer-reviewed findings reflect other larger-scale research and surveys, and its findings are valid. Those interviewed said they still lack personal protective equipment despite the very real risks of contracting COVID or spreading it — risks apparent from the early days of the pandemic. Some said they were warned by supervisors not to wear N95 protection, even if they had their own, Keith said. Others spoke of the constant grief and trauma they endure when patients or residents die, a situation only getting worse as new cases soar. "Words on the page cannot convey the level of emotion we heard in the voices of the health-care workers we interviewed," Brophy said. "We did not expect to hear the degree of anger and desperation that came out." The vast majority of the front-line health-care workers are women, many racialized, Keith said. Many are part-time and vulnerable to job loss. "Health-care workers are desperately in need of protection from COVID and from their often back-breaking and soul-crushing working conditions," Keith said. "But the authoritarian and hierarchical nature of health-care work contributes to (their) risks and adverse mental-health impacts." Despite the issues, the workers said the provincial government had let them down by failing to take action to deal with their health or labour concerns. Chronic understaffing and failing to keep them safe, the authors said, means the workers can't do their jobs effectively, putting everyone at risk. "Health-care workers health and well-being are being sacrificed," Keith said. "We all need to pay attention to their pleas." There was no immediate response to the qualitative study from the provincial government, but Health Minister Christine Elliott praised the "tireless efforts" of front-line health-care workers during an announcement on Tuesday about the roll-out of rapid tests. Michael Hurley, president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions, said front-line staff in close contact with COVID-infected people still have no ready access to proper respirators. The Ministry of Labour has also rejected all 253 work refusals as valid. "This explains why people feel sacrificed and why they feel exploited and violated," Hurley said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020 Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press
Two of Canada's closest allies have laid out plans to distribute new vaccines against the deadly novel coronavirus, with the first shots expected to be delivered in December.Canada, meanwhile, has been largely silent on how promising vaccine candidates will be distributed here after Health Canada regulators give them the green light — providing few, if any, details beyond a promise to work with the provinces and territories and buy cold storage.The federal government has procured some 358 million doses from seven companies — an insurance policy against the possibility that some of the vaccines in development prove to be ineffective in clinical trials. Little is known about how and when the vaccines will be made available, however."Our government has worked hard to secure tens of millions of doses, so we're prepared once a safe, effective vaccine is ready for Canadians," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today, adding that it's "premature" to say when communities will have access to the vaccines.Trudeau said Canada — unlike the U.S., the United Kingdom and Germany — doesn't have any domestic vaccine manufacturing capacity, which means it could be a while yet before Canadians get a dose. "We're looking forward to being able to vaccinate Canadians in the coming months," he said.WATCH: Trudeau says lack of Canadian manufacturing capacity to blame for vaccine challengesDr. Moncef Slaoui is the chief scientific adviser to Operation Warp Speed — the U.S. mission to develop a vaccine, manufacture it in large quantities and push it out into communities. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is set to meet on Dec. 10 to make a final decision on Pfizer's highly-effective vaccine and Slaoui said inoculations will begin immediately."Our plan is to be able to ship vaccines to the immunization sites within 24 hours from the approval," Slaoui said in an interview with CNN."I would expect maybe on day two after approval, on Dec. 11 or Dec 12, hopefully, the first people will be immunized across the U.S., across all states, in all areas where the state departments of health have told us to deliver the vaccine."20 million Americans to be vaccinated in DecemberSlaoui said as many as 20 million Americans will be vaccinated in December, and 30 million more Americans will be vaccinated in every subsequent month.Since October, Pfizer has been manufacturing hundreds of thousands of doses each week — even though it hasn't yet received regulatory approval. The company hopes to make 100 million doses available this year and another 1.3 billion in 2021. Each patient will need two doses of Pfizer's vaccine.The National Health Service (NHS) in England has designated 1,250 local health clinics as vaccine sites where, starting as early as Dec. 1, staff will be on hand to administer the vaccine over 12-hour shifts, seven days a week. Each clinic site is expected to inoculate at least 975 people per week.The NHS already has started booking vaccine appointments, designating blocks to priority groups. Vaccinations in the U.K. will start with older adult residents in long-term care homes and care home workers, all those 80 years of age and over and health and social care workers, before being offered to those aged 75 years or younger."I have tasked the NHS with being ready from any date from Dec. 1. The logistics are complex, the uncertainties are real and the scale of the job is vast, but I know that the NHS, brilliantly assisted by the armed services, will be up to the task," Matt Hancock, the U.K.'s health secretary, told Parliament last week.In May, the U.S. tapped a retired four-star army general, Gen. Gustave Perna, to coordinate the distribution efforts — a massive task that will see millions of doses of the vaccine deployed to every state starting next month, through a partnership with U.S. drug distribution giant McKesson.Perna is a former commanding general for the U.S. Army Materiel Command, which manages the Army's global supply chain, making him uniquely qualified to run such a complicated distribution network."The country's existing public health infrastructure is well tested — we see evidence every fall when Americans receive the flu vaccine in large numbers. But these are not normal times," Perna said in a media statement. "Leveraging our military planning and logistics capability and combining that with proven methods will allow existing systems to scale quickly to get the vaccine to the American people."More than 1 million standard kits — which would cover 100 million vaccine doses — have been assembled by Operation Warp Speed.The military and McKesson will distribute vaccines along with ancillary kits with all the required supplies to administer them, such as needles, syringes, alcohol pads and limited personal protective equipment.Pfizer has an assembly centre in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and the drug manufacturer plans to use private shipping companies such as UPS and FedEx to deliver vaccines to hospitals and vaccination sites within hours.Watch: Bains and Anand explain how Ottawa is developing Canadian vaccine production.:While Operation Warp Speed will deliver vaccine shipments, it will be up to the states, territories and major metropolitan areas to further define where the doses ultimately go. All 50 states have submitted COVID-19 distribution plans to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).The CDC has flowed more than $300 million to the states to fine-tune the deployment process and, last month, the agency publicly released a 75-page playbook detailing everything from vaccine provider recruitment and enrolment guidelines, vaccine storage and handling tips to information on which groups should be first in line for a shot.The CDC also has signed agreements with major U.S. pharmacy chains CVS and Walgreens to assist with on-site vaccinations at long-term care facilities (LTCs), which have been especially hard hit by the pandemic.Germany also could start administering shots of COVID-19 vaccines as soon as next month, Jens Spahn, the country's health minister, said Sunday.Spahn said he has asked Germany's federal states to have their vaccination centres ready by mid-December. "I'd rather have a ready-to-go immunization centre that remains inactive for several days than a licensed vaccine that cannot be administered," the minister said, adding that vulnerable persons, such as the elderly, would be treated first.Canadian officials working 'around the clock': health ministerThe Canadian federal government, by comparison, has said little publicly about what it has planned for vaccine distribution.The scientists at the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recently issued preliminary guidance on who should get priority for a vaccine.Watch: 'We don't want it touching the ground' | Retired General Rick Hillier.:Public Services and Procurement Minister Anita Anand announced last week the government has plans to purchase more than 100 new freezers to help store incoming COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer but also Moderna.When asked Tuesday why Canada seems to be further behind in the race to distribute vaccines, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the whole process is complicated and Health Canada hasn't yet approved a vaccine candidate."I can't speak to allied countries' regulatory processes. I can just speak to mine," she said.Hajdu said the health department is "working hand in glove" with procurement officials to distribute a vaccine, once Canada gets one."All of our departments are working right now, around the clock actually, on making sure we have a concrete plan with the provinces and territories, that we are ready to deploy the vaccines as soon as they arrive on Canadian soil," she said.Watch: Ottawa can't provide timeline on when COVID-19 vaccine will be distributed:
There is still a chance the Powassan Voodoos could see some NOJHL playoff action this season, confirms NOJHL commissioner Robert Mazzuca. As was reported last week, the Voodoos were left off the regular season schedule because of COVID-19 restrictions at the Powassan Sportsplex. At the time, Powassan Mayor Peter McIsaac indicated the arena restrictions could be re-visited in January. But, he admitted, given that Ontario is seeing a rise in COVID cases, it is difficult to say what January may bring. “In the event the arena restrictions are removed, absolutely there is a pathway for the Powassan Voodoos to be part of the season,” Mazzuca stated via email. The restrictions would need to come down within a reasonable time, according to the commissioner, but “there are various definitions for a reasonable time. “We will evaluate and be as flexible as possible” to accommodate the Voodoos. Mazzuca said it also could be possible for the Voodoos to make the playoffs even after playing fewer fames than the eight teams which started the regular season. This could be done, he explained, by ranking the teams based on “winning percentage or some other formula. “What everyone needs to keep in mind is this is not a traditional hockey season and flexibility is critical going forward.” Mazzuca said the rules currently in place at the Powassan Sportsplex “are more stringent than at other facilities,” but the league is working with all public health units and municipalities to “ensure all protocols are followed.” Meanwhile, he said, the players themselves continue to belong to the Voodoos unless they are released by the club. The Nugget contacted Voodoos general manager Chris Dawson for comment but did not receive a response. Rocco Frangione is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the North Bay Nugget. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.Rocco Frangione, Local Journalism Initiative, The North Bay Nugget
Homeowners in Swan Hills began to receive telephone calls from the town last week regarding their water meters. The electronic water meter heads installed on the water meters in many of our homes have reached the end of their "shelf life" and need to be replaced. The electronic heads are able to read the water meters through a pre-programmed algorithm that detects the magnetic signatures of the mechanical water meter. The electronic heads can then connect to a receiver to transmit the data from the water meter. This setup allows a meter reader to take water meter readings without having to enter the home. The person taking the readings drives up and down the streets of Swan Hills with a receiver in their vehicle, picking up the readings as they go. According to the town office, many of the electronic water meter heads were installed roughly 8 – 10 years ago and are now starting to have performance issues. The town will be contacting the affected homeowners on an individual basis to arrange the replacement of the water meter heads. This whole process may take some time as these service calls will depend on coordinating with the homeowners' schedules, and the town has a limited number of technicians to perform these replacements. Please do not be alarmed if you receive a call from the town regarding your water meter in the near future. This is merely routine maintenance to keep our present system running smoothly.Dean LaBerge, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Grizzly Gazette
Nunavut reported 10 new COVID-19 cases on Tuesday putting the territory's total active cases at 142.Nine of those cases were confirmed in Arviat for a total of 107 positive cases in the community, according to a news release from the territorial government Tuesday morning. There was also a new case reported in Rankin Inlet, putting that community's total at 19 positive cases.Dr. Michael Patterson, Nunavut's chief public health officer, said in a statement that it's important for Nunavummiut to strictly follow public health measures as daily totals of COVID-19 rise across Canada."As we head into our second week of increased restrictions in the territory, every single one of us needs to stay committed and dedicated to slowing and stopping the spread of this virus in our communities," Patterson said.There's still no evidence of community transmission in Rankin Inlet or Whale Cove, the territory says.Everyone still actively infected with COVID-19 is "regularly monitored in isolation and continue to do well, with mild to moderate symptoms," the release says.There have been 158 tests completed in Rankin Inlet as of Monday with negative results, the territory says. Testing in Arviat has yielded 375 negative tests while testing in Whale Cove has yielded 52 negative tests.The government is continuing to monitor Sanikiluaq.The territory says anyone who believes they may have been exposed to the virus should call the COVID-19 hotline at 1-888-975-8601 between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET.People can alternatively notify their community health centre and immediately isolate at home for 14 days. People are asked to not go to the health centre in person.The territory says it will provide an update at a news conference on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.
TORONTO — Shawn Mendes is getting into the film and television production business under a new partnership with his longtime manager.The 22-year-old pop singer has joined Andrew Gertler in launching Permanent Content, a company that will focus on scripted and documentary projects that reflect issues important to young people.Permanent Content's first project was "Shawn Mendes: In Wonder," a feature-length documentary about the Pickering, Ont.-raised singer's rise to fame that debuted this week on Netflix.Other projects in the works include Emmy-winning filmmaker Tony Gerber's documentary on climate change, which comes on the heels of his contributions to several National Geographic series.Some titles will be developed under a joint venture with Los Angeles-based Anonymous Content, which is known for making Netflix films "Outlaw King," "The Laundromat" and the upcoming George Clooney sci-fi drama "The Midnight Sky."Mendes said in the announcement that he hopes to elevate the voices of young people who are leading change and highlight issues that are dearest to them.This report by The Canadian Press was first published November 24, 2020.The Canadian Press
Members of the Nigerian community in Canada are calling on Ottawa to condemn their home country’s decision to freeze 20 bank accounts linked to recent protests against police brutality. The bank accounts, linked to prominent participants of the EndSARS protesters have been restricted following a federal court ruling in Abuja and an investigation by the Central Bank of Nigeria. Amnesty International said it has been monitoring developments across Nigeria since the EndSars protest began last month. Nigerians have been taking to the streets, peacefully demanding an end to police brutality, extrajudicial executions and extortion by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), a unit of the Nigerian police tasked with fighting violent crimes, the human rights group said. According to Amnesty International, at least 56 people have died across the country since protests began. In multiple cases, the security forces have used excessive force in an attempt to control or stop the protests. The government says 51 civilians and 22 policemen died as the initially peaceful protests against the excesses of the police’s Special Anti-Robbery Squad, degenerated into days of rioting and looting across most of the country of more than 200 million people. The Coalition of Nigerians in Canada (CONIC) said the decision to freeze the bank accounts is “obnoxious and a confirmation that it (Nigerian government) had resorted to intimidation and harassment of real and imaginary enemies.” In a statement carried by Nigerian news portals, CONIC said Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) had been turned into an agent of intimidation and could now “frivolously” secure an order to freeze the accounts of the government’s perceived enemies and those they see as the brains behind the EndSARS movement. “As Nigerians living in Canada, we do not believe that it is against the law for Nigerian citizens to protest any perceived injustice against police brutality, corruption, and government’s inaction, insensitivity, and fiscal irresponsibility of governments at all levels,” the statement said. “We, the Coalition of Nigerians in Canada (CONIC) join the other groups of Nigerians in the Diaspora to condemn the government’s action in freezing the bank accounts of free Nigerian citizens while the bank accounts of rogues and bandits in government are left untouched, and are free to enjoy their loots.” “CONIC will be calling on our host government to intervene and impose economic and diplomatic sanctions if need be. In this age and advancement of democracy all over the world, Nigeria cannot reverse into militocracy by unleashing terror on its people, as is currently apparent,” read the statement, which was signed by CONIC coordinators, Yemi Adegbite, Kemi Amusan and Femi Boyede. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) has also lent its voice to condemn the attacks on the protestors in Nigeria. “We condemn this violence. The protesters are demanding an end to police brutality; accountability for extrajudicial killings, rape, torture and extortion by police officers; and policing reforms. These demands must be heard and acted upon,” CUPE, Canada’s largest union with over 700,00 members, said in a statement. “We further join the international community in calling for an impartial, thorough and transparent investigation into all cases of human rights violations by the police, and for access to justice and effective remedies for the victims and their families.” Meanwhile, the Canadian High Commission in Nigeria, in a notice posted on Twitter, said it has been receiving “great interest” in Canadian immigration programs, in the wake of the unrest. It clarified that Canadian Embassies, High Commissions, Consulates, Consulates General or Honorary Consulates do not accept refugee applications directly from people. The High Commission also warned Nigerians not to be taken in by people who claim they can fast track immigration and refugee applications to Canada. Nigeria is the fourth-leading source country of new arrivals to Canada, behind India, China, and the Philippines. A total of 12,600 Nigerians gained permanent residence in 2019, a tripling of Nigerian immigration to Canada since 2015. Nigeria is also a hotbed for corruption and visa scams according to reports posted by the Research Directorate of Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.Fabian Dawson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Canadian Media
WHITEHORSE — Residents of Yukon will be required to wear a non-medical mask in all public indoor spaces effective Dec. 1.Premier Sandy Silver made the announcement during the territory's regular pandemic briefing in Whitehorse.He says everyone who does not have a medical exemption and is over the age of two will be required to wear a mask. The territory has 38 cases of COVID-19, including 14 active cases related to what Yukon's top doctor says is the second wave of the pandemic, involving two separate outbreaks.Dr. Brendan Hanley says the illnesses have been linked, either directly or indirectly, to travel outside Yukon.The territory reintroduced COVID-19 control measures last week that include a mandatory 14-day quarantine for almost everyone entering or returning to the territory after travel outside its boundaries.Hanley says there is no plan to impose a lockdown, despite the arrival of the second wave, but he warned residents to prepare."Now, I don't mean, by preparation, you need to run out and buy toilet paper," he says."Prepare yourselves, more, that we may see more cases, perhaps many more. Prepare your mental health by being ready to see worse before we see better," he says.Hanley also urged residents to "start to think" about organizing virtual gatherings this holiday season.Silver reminded residents who must quarantine, or follow other public-health orders, that the restrictions are not optional.He says 26 charges have been laid under the Civil Emergency Measures Act, including the most recent charge last week against a person who failed to self-isolate.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 24, 2020.The Canadian Press
Yellowknife city council is exploring whether to apply for up to $25 million in federal Rapid Housing Initiative funding that would create permanent housing in the city for those experiencing homelessness. The project, if a Yellowknife bid were successful, could delay previously identified priorities like the city's replacement water line from the Yellowknife River, new aquatic centre, and potential expansion in Kam Lake. “We are so very conflicted on this," said city administrator Sheila Bassi-Kellett at a meeting with councillors on Monday. Bassi-Kellett said there was "enormous benefit" in building permanent supportive housing, but City Hall had limited resources and "a couple of massive projects under way." The N.W.T. is in a housing crisis, lacking adequate, suitable, and affordable homes across its communities. Even in the territorial capital, a 2019 report found 29 per cent of homes were not considered affordable for residents. The Rapid Housing Initiative offers $1 billion across the country to address urgent housing needs for vulnerable Canadians by rapidly building affordable homes. Half of the cash is allocated to specific, larger municipalities. The other $500 million is available to other groups, ranging from Indigenous governments to smaller cities like Yellowknife. City staff will now create a plan to bid on the funding and councillors will vote on whether or not to submit an application. Mayor Rebecca Alty said a special meeting may be required so council can vote and the city potentially submit its application before the federal December 31 deadline. Bassi-Kellett told council the city could look to retrofit an existing building with the money, turning it into permanent supportive housing. Once renovated, that building – a specific lot wasn't identified – could be operated by a non-governmental organization. A modular structure could also be considered. Bassi-Kellett added revenue from rent could cover operating costs like utilities and maintenance, and may cover some core funding for a group to run programs and pay for staffing. A stipulation of the federal funding is the city must aim to spend any funds allotted by March 31, 2021. Housing must be available within one year of the agreement being signed. With its scope and timeline, Bassi-Kellett told council the project would be an “ambitious undertaking” and other big projects would be set aside. “I do need to stress that this would mean a reallocation of other priorities, so that other projects and responsibilities would not be achieved if this one came to the top of the list,” she said. The city has since 2017 had a 10-year plan to end homelessness that states Yellowknife needs to “develop 80 new place-based units of permanent supportive housing” for people experiencing homelessness and problems with mental health, addiction, and physical health. “One area where we do see a gap in advancing some of the priorities of our 10-year plan is around permanent supportive housing,” Bassi-Kellett said. The Rapid Housing Initiative would help meet that need. “It is a lot of work but it would be hard to pass up on this opportunity to hit such a milestone within the 10-year plan,” said Grant White, the city's director of community services. Councillors Niels Konge and Robin Williams both saw the funding as a positive step and said it should be applied for without hesitation. “The reality is if someone says, hey, there’s $25 million here to help you solve one of the biggest problems you have in your community – that becomes the priority,” Konge said. “Here’s the long list of things that we have to do. This now gets moved up to the front, we go through the application process and then, at that point, we go back to doing what we were doing.” Councillor Shauna Morgan was cautiously optimistic, provided the application and work is done properly. “I don’t want us directing energy and resources down a path that is going to fall apart because we didn’t think it through, or we tried to go for a building or project that actually we don’t have any NGOs prepared to take on at the end of the day,” she said. According to Alty, the N.W.T. government and YWCA are each planning on submitting their own applications to address other housing needs. She told council, if approved, the YWCA’s application would address some need in Yellowknife. The GNWT's application is expected to focus on smaller, more remote communities. Sarah Sibley, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Cabin Radio